Manchester United host Manchester City in the first Manchester derby of the season this Saturday at Old Trafford. Jose Mourinho will take on Pep Guardiola for the 17th time in his career and the Portuguese manager will be hoping to improve his tally against the former Bayern Munich manager with a win this week.
There has been much talk about the rivalry between the two managers which stems from their time working together at Barcelona.
Mourinho was a coach at Barcelona between 1996-2000 when Guardiola was a player at the Catalan club.
Here at Soccerlens, we look at their previous meetings and some head-to-head stats between Mourinho and Guardiola.
Jose Mourinho vs. Pep Guardiola Head-to-head stats
Games played: 16
Goals scored: Guardiola – 26, Mourinho – 16.
Jose Mourinho (Inter Milan) vs. Pep Guardiola (Barcelona)
The two managers met four times in the Champions League during the 2008/09 season.
Despite a loss and a draw against Barcelona in the group stages, Jose Mourinho’s side managed to pick up a vital win against the La Liga giants in the semifinals at San Siro.
They went on to lose at Camp Nou but went through to the finals on aggregate.
Inter Milan 0-0 Barcelona
Barcelona 2-0 Inter Milan
Inter Milan 3-1 Barcelona
Barcelona 1-0 Inter Milan
Jose Mourinho (Real Madrid) vs. Pep Guardiola (Barcelona)
The rivalry between the two managers turned ugly when Mourinho was appointed as the Real Madrid manager.
The bitterness between the two clubs worsened the relationship between the managers as well.
Guardiola’s Barcelona took on Mourinho’s Real Madrid 11 times over the course of two seasons.
Barcelona 5-0 Real Madrid
Real Madrid 1-1 Barcelona
Real Madrid 1-3 Barcelona
Barcelona 1-2 Real Madrid
The two managers faced each other four times in two seasons and Pep Guardiola ended up winning two of those including a 5-0 thumping in Mourinho’s first ever Clasico.
Mourinho had the final say as his side clinched the title with a vital win in their last meeting at Camp Nou. Ronaldo scored the winner.
Copa Del Rey
Barcelona 0-1 Real Madrid
Real Madrid 1-2 Barcelona
Barcelona 2-2 Real Madrid
Real Madrid ended their 18-year wait for the Copa Del Rey under Mourinho when his Cristiano Ronaldo scored in the final against Guardiola’s Barcelona.
Real Madrid 0-2 Barcelona
Barcelona 1-1 Real Madrid
Mourinho met Guardiola in the Champions League semi-finals in 2011 and Los Blancos were eliminated after a shocking performance in the first leg at home.
Spanish Super Cup
Real Madrid 2-2 Barcelona
Barcelona 3-2 Real Madrid
Guardiola’s side won the Spanish super cup after a late goal from Messi in the second leg at Camp Nou. Things went from bad to worse for Mourinho as the Real Madrid manager was severely criticized for his infamous eye gouge on the Barcelona assistant manager Tito Vilanova.
Jose Mourinho (Chelsea) vs. Pep Guardiola (Bayern Munich)
The two met for the last time in the UEFA Super cup final and Mourinho’s side ended up drawing the game 0-0.
Bayern went on to win the cup on penalties.